Wednesday 17 July 2019

Zayn Malik's first interview with One Direction in 2010 X Factor series - before global stardom hit

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Crushing on Cheryl Cole, breaking wind and Harry's curls.

This was all that the then new boyband One Direction cared about back in 2010.

ITN had a video interview with the band in the early stages of the X Factor live shows in 2010.

It's thought to be one of the first interviews with the band, speaking to them a year before they achieved global fame.

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Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Louse had only just been handpicked by Simon Cowell weeks earlier to form One Direction.

They had each auditioned separately as solo acts but failed to make it past boot camp.

Nicole Scherzinger and Simon Cowell then worked on putting the boys  together as a band for the Groups category.

Zayn Malik, as Harry Styles appeared to break down in tears on stage as he apparently struggled to come to terms with Zayn Malik's sudden departure from boyband One Direction
Zayn Malik, as Harry Styles appeared to break down in tears on stage as he apparently struggled to come to terms with Zayn Malik's sudden departure from boyband One Direction
In happier times - Zayn Malik with the other band members
Zayn and his fiancee Perri

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They had never met and were just getting to know each other at this stage and becoming used to a mild level of fame.

Interestingly, the video shows Zayn interacting and laughing with his fellow bandmates. He appears far more confident than the teenager who Simon Cowell had to convince to go back to bootcamp after he wouldn't dance.

The interview also shows how Liam became the natural 'leader' of the group in the early days - he takes centre stage and answers confidently and competently.

"You can't not enjoy it. It's nice," Harry told the interview about their rising level of fame.

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Zayn Malik. Photo: AFP PHOTO / MARTY MELVILLEMarty Melville/AFP/Getty Images
Zayn Malik. Photo: AFP PHOTO / MARTY MELVILLEMarty Melville/AFP/Getty Images
File photo from 2010 of Storm Lee (right) and Zayn Mali. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
One Direction. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Zayn joked that Harry was getting the most attention. "I think it's Harry's curly hair. I think that's where the power is. The hair just attracts the girls.

The boys also told the interview what girls they fancies.

"Frankie Sandford from The Saturdays is just perfection," Harry said.

"Well she did tweet us on Twitter," said Louis.

"She said she loves us a little bit," said Zayn.

Zayn Malik Perrie Edwards
Zayn Malik Perrie Edwards
Zayn Malik and Niall horan
Zayn Malik and Niall horan
Zayn Malik: Ian West/PA Wire
Left to right: Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Harry Styles of One Direction. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire
File photo from 2014: Left to right, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles as Malik has left One Direction. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

"I have to say Cheryl Cole is perfection. I saw her the other day and she kissed me on the cheek. Best moment of my life," said Louis.

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Liam is then explaining how they enjoy performing even though they feel the pressure on X Factor.

"This is only our second performance as a group. It's in front of millions of people. It's on live television. Anything could go wrong and if it does, it could potentially end it for us."

As we all know that didn't happen.

Famously, One Direction finished as runners-up in that year's series.

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They finished third - behind Rebecca Ferguson and winner Matt Cardle. Irish woman Mary Byrne came fifth in the same series.

Louis Tomlinson branded Niall Horan 'Mr Tidy' and said he was "the housewife of the group".

Zayn joked that Louis "screamed like a girl" in his sleep.

"Harry snores. Niall farts," said Zayn.

​Just a few months later, their lives were about to change dramatically.

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